It’s always interesting to look back at when venues opened (or closed) in Fitzrovia:
Loft Living is a luxury homeware retailer, offering elegant furniture, lighting and accessories, with an in-house professional design team. Explore their exquisite collection
loftliving.co.uk, 157 Tottenham Court Road
LOVELY BRIDE LONDON
Lovely Bride London, founded in the US, is a unique bridal boutique, with contemporary designs from the best and creative young bridal designers.
Lovely Bride, 18 Cleveland Street
Egglsut is now open on Percy Street. It’s a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011, inspired by a true love of eggs. Eggslut is a global success with branches in the US, UK, Asia and UAE.
www.eggslut.com 19 Percy Street
Java Whiskers is a new cat cafe in Fitzrovia. Originally launched in Sweden, at Java Whiskers you can enjoy coffee and treats whilst getting to know these adorable rescue cats. All their cats are hoping to find their new forever home, and that could be with you!
javawhiskers.co.uk, 105 Great Portland Street
Six By Nico
Six by Nico will host a six dish tasting menu in Fitzrovia, following the success of the groups restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool and Manchester. Scottish chef Nico Simeone learned his trade at Michelin-starred Number One at Balmoral before opening the much-vaunted 111 in Glasgow. Each restaurant serves a six-course tasting menu that changes every six weeks, for around £33 and £35.
Six by Nico, 33-41 Charlotte Street
The sushi restaurant will open in the former Yo! Sushi site on Tottenham Court Road. It will aim to bring a new level of sushi quality and freshness to London. The group already runs around 20 sites across Europe. It’s due to open in February 2020.
Sushi Fabrique, 106 Tottenham Court Road
Bear Coffee House in Paperchase – closed
Laboratorio Pizza brings a slice of Neapolitan flair to Fitzrovia. Taste the fresh, vibrant flavours of Napoli in central London as Laboratorio Pizza opens its second
eatery on London’s bustling Great Portland Street.
110 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PQ
To celebrate the Salt Yard group turning 15, you’re invited to be the first to see the new look Salt Yard with an exclusive 50% off food at any lunch sitting on Sundays or Monday all day throughout February! Salt Yard group has grown to 4 restaurants, the first being in Fitzoriva back in 2005. They have lots in store for 2020, so pop down and have a look at the new decor.
Make a reservation
Salt Yard, 54 Goodge Street
Gaucho Charlotte Street is home to the new brand direction of the future Gaucho story. Lose yourself in a world of Argentina; watch and dine at the immersive film club or catch up with friends at one of the beautiful bars. Gaucho Loyalty is up and running which gives its members 25% off food. Contact [email protected] to sign up.
Gaucho, 60A Charlotte Street
Oklava Bakery + Wine – Closed
Ampeli is an exciting new Greek Wine & Eastern Mediterranean restaurant on Charlotte Street.
Ampeli, 18 Charlotte Street
A Japanese ramen restaurant, Ippudo, opened in December 2019, on Goodge Street.
Old Chang Kee
After success in Covent Garden, a new Old Chang Kee is open at 56 Goodge Street. It’s bigger than the original and all the much-loved curry puffs will be there.
Old Chang Kee, 56 Goodge Street
Mini Yummy Kitchen – closed
Now open at 29 Tottenham Street, Mini Yummy Kitchen is preparing authentic Chinese dishes with a takeaway service.
Mini Yummy Kitchen, 29 Tottenham Street
The Wing – closed
The Stafford in St James is launching the Sicilian-inspired Norma this summer, their first and only off-site restaurant. It will open on Charlotte Street in the September.
Norma, 8 Charlotte Street
Aqua London is bringing a new restaurant, cafe and delicatessen to Fitzrovia on Great Portland Street.
Based on the site previously occupied by Villandry, there will be a 200-cover Japanese restaurant, a 72-cover cafe, a 14-cover Spanish deli, as well as a 68-cover Dim Sum Library. Find out more.
A new London bakery by Shaheen Peerbhai, alias Purple Foodie, will open on Warren Street. The menu will focus on a short, rotating selection of viennoiserie, breads and patisserie, as well as ‘snacks’ — madeleines, financiers, and chocolate and sea salt cookies. Find out more.
Circolo-popolare from the Big Mamma Group
The established Italian restaurant group, who mastered their craft in Paris are set to arrive in the brand new space in Rathbone Place. Circolo is open 7/7 for jolly catch-up breakfasts, boozy crew lunches festive gold late night dinners under the thousand festoon lights. 280 seats and 60 seats Sicilian summer feasts all year long.
40-41 Rathbone Place, W1T
St Giles Square
London’s newest and hottest dining destination this year will see a host of new dining destinations arrive, courtesy of the stunning new development, Centre Point.
Dai Ting Fung
Without a doubt, the most eagerly anticipated arrival to St Giles Square is Taiwanese dining experts, Dai Ting Fung. The new venue will hold up to 250 guests and will offer the “signature” Din Tai Fung menu, including its world-famous xiao long bao (steamed pork soup dumplings), steamed chicken soup, among other “Taiwanese staples.
Dai Ting Fung. Arriving early this year.
Read more about Centre Point.
The tremendously successful Michelin-starred chef, Quique Dacosta will soon be opening his latest venture in Fitzrovia. Staying true to his speciality, rice – specifically Paella, we expect this venue to be quite the hit this Spring.
Eastcastle Street, W1T
The authentic Turkish restaurant will shortly be re-opening (moving from Great Portland Street) on the old Vasis site. Expect a home-from-home experience and enjoy a true taste and service of Turkish cooking.
56 Maple St, W1T 6HW
Bambusa is an all-day café, open for breakfast, coffee, lunch and early supper, to-go.
Founder, Rohit Chugh, has spent over twelve months with his team developing the menu for Bambusa, which is inspired by a love of the flavours and food Rohit enjoyed when travelling and working for several years in Japan, Singapore, Laos and across Asia. The daily breakfast menu will include Kewpie Omelette Sliders, Egg Scramble Buns and fresh pastries. Coffees will be served from a dedicated counter and will feature a bespoke dark roasted Monsoon Malabar blend.
Available from midday onwards, the all-day menu will offer the chance to build your own lunch tray by choosing from a selection of options including Sushi Rice, Ginger Shoyu Chicken, Kimchee BBQ Jackfruit, Orange Sesame Slaw and Furikake. Bambusa is the latest opening by restaurateur Rohit Chugh, founder of Modern Asian restaurants Roti Chai (in Marylebone) and Chai Ki (in Canary Wharf). For updates, make sure you’re following @bambusalondon
6 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LR
Yopo (named after a plant found in the Venezuelan jungle) has opened at Fitzrovia’s The Mandrake hotel, serving up a menu of modern European dishes with a South American twist. If you haven’t seen the striking decor in The Mandrake, its a memorable experience you’ll cherish. This new exciting venture replaces French restaurant Serge et le Phoque.
20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
Situated on the old Bobo Social site, the new space is a marriage between great food, drink and interesting art space. Expect food cooked over charcoal, barrel-aged “Prescription cocktails”, served in vintage medicine bottles plus a new artist each month curated by Woolff Gallery.
95 Charlotte Street W1T 4PZ
Another coffee import is heading to Fitzrovia after the successful launch of Omotesando Koffee (Rathbone Place). This time it’s the turn of Jolt.
This new outpost promises single-origin coffee from Nude, and their signature includes Pistachio Lattes.
40-41 Great Castle St, Fitzrovia W1W 8LU
Another exciting arrival soon to hit the space is Vivi. From the people behind Sky Garden and Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall, this new venture aims to celebrate the ‘Swinging Sixties’, the menu will include some serious foodie throwbacks such as cheese soufflé and jelly and custard.
Centre Point, 11 Saint Giles Square, WC2H 8AP
Lore of the Land
The new arrival in Fitzrovia’s pub scene is Guy Richie’s latest venture, Lore of the Land. Situated on the site of the old favourite, The Lukin, LOTL celebrates the best of the old with the best of the new.
4 Conway Street, W1T 6BB
The popular serve-yourself Italian eatery has opened their massive new site within Centrepoint’s new square, which serves up to 280 people and also features a terrace looking out onto the piazza.
It may be surrounded by some pretty well-established global dining destinations, however, offering visitors to option to grab a quick bite on their way to work, the enormously popular take-out chain has opened its doors to a new location in the lovely St. Giles Square.
The newest addition to Rathbone Square is the delightfully unique Omotesando Koffee has a unique business model: a cubic bar design wherein a single barista would serve a single customer, focussing on ritual and presence while brewing.
Aldwyn & Sons
The UK’s first and only Gentleman’s pedicure room, Aldwyn & Sons, opened its doors for the very first time in December. Find them in the ‘speakeasy’ style room at the back of the acclaimed Sharps Barber & Shop on Windmill Street.
Aldwyn & Sons.
Vegan influencer, Loui Blake brings an exciting new vegan spot to Fitzrovia’s Percy Street, Kalifornia Kitchen. The menu emphasises less junk food with a strong focus on healthy, freshly-sourced ingredients.
Dezato is focused on making top quality desserts accessible to everyone, using only fresh ingredients.
53 Charlotte Street, W1T4PA
Opening their sixth restaurant, Macellaio brings incredible Italian steak to their area, situated on the stunning refurbished site, which was home to one of the UK’s oldest petrol stations.
6 Store Street, WC1E 7DQ.
Yes, that’s right. The Swedish giant has arrived on Tottenham Court Road, with their first-of-its-kind concept store. To celebrate, IKEA has revamped its iconic blue FRAKTA bag, which has been made smaller to fit only essential items such as a set of keys, phone and a wallet!
95 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 4TW
Two old friends from the South of Italy have joined together to launch Il Sud, an unfussy Italian restaurant on Berners Street, serving fresh and tasty dishes from their home regions. Signature dishes include Linguine Al Sud; Linguine with mussels veloute’, clams and Bottarga and Deep fried zucchini flowers filled with ricotta cheese, spicy N’duja sausage, rocket pesto.
21 Berners Street, W1T 3LP
Cubitts – closed
October also saw the introduction to new, beautifully designed opticians, Cubitts. Cubitts Fitzrovia has been designed with the European influences of Fitzrovia in the 1920s and shares two address:
44 Charlotte/Goodge Street.
Bump & Grind – closed
If you’re looking for your next caffeine fix for the mornings, look no further than the brand-new coffee pop-up shop, Bump&Grind. Sharing its space with the LOFT design Studio, this friendly little bolthole is a perfect place to pick up a great morning coffee.
52 Fitzroy Street, W1T 5LU (next to 22 Warren Street).
Flesh & Buns
Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia’s stunning new location explore’s Nikkei Peruvian cuisine while staying true to the Izakaya Japanese pub experience of the Covent Garden original. Equipped with ‘Press for Pisco’ buttons – this is a venue you do not want to miss.
32 Berners Street, W1T 3LR.
Inspired by the liquor stores along the Californian coast, is New York’s Genuine Liquorette. The kooky venue, opening on Rathbone Place, also boasts self-service beer and wine fridges, and offers visitors the chance to pay by the ounce for the spirits lining the shelves. Grab those close to you and experience incredible cocktails in cans.
6 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HL.
The Whisky Exchange
Having arrived mid-August 2018, this world of fantastic spirits is suppling Fitzrovia with an incredible line up of whisky, wines, Champagnes and spirits.
Fresh pasta, with traditional Roman recipes, has landed on Goodge Street, providing Fitzrovia with a whole new experience of the Italian signature dishes, and a very exciting wine lab.
The King’s Cross favourite, Caravan, officially moved into an old BBC radio 1 recording studio in June, serving their signature Well Travelled breakfast, brunch and freshly roasted coffee on Great Portland Street.
Unleashing their incredible House of Botanicals, they describe themselves as a “cocktail bar for the adventurous”. This place is guaranteed to impress (on the site of the old Dickie Fitz).
Ottolenghi has set up their largest restaurant yet, bringing incredible Mediterranean flavours to Fitzrovia. Find them on Wells Street.
The popular fresh pasta take-away landed on Tottenham Court Road in June (on the site of Sal Capone).
After a period of closure and refurbishment, the Newman Arms has re-opened its doors on Rathbone Street thanks to East London-based Truman Brewery.
Take a look at their new menu >>
Little Nan’s – closed
Alongside an impressive number of awards in the last two years, and most recently awarded ‘TIME OUT RECOMMENDED BAR’ prize, Little Nan’s’ cocktails (named after celebrities) has already captured the imagination of the area (and serving it in their drinks) on Warren Street.
Clutch Magazine have opened their very own boutique and cafe on Great Portland Street.
A fantastic first permanent location for the hugely anticipated Passyunk Avenue, which will serve up incredible Philly cheesesteaks, soon to arrive in Fitzrovia this February.
Glowing from vivid colours with beautiful lamps, cushions and more, nestled in between Heal’s and Habitat on Tottenham Court Road you’ll find the beautiful home furnishings pop-up shop, Anna Jacobs.
Opened on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March 2018, on Rathbone place, Allbright, is the UK’s first female-only members club, aimed at working women.
Opened in early February is the delicious Neopolitan-inspired pizzeria, Santa Maria on New Cavendish Street.
Coco di Mama
Another delicious pasta destination arrived in February to make lunch time decisions that bit harder.
If you’re after an authentic, high quality Japanese experience in a beautiful setting, Kazu is the perfect destination for you.
64 Charlotte St, W1T 4QD
Opened late 2017, The Attendant’s brand new flagship coffee house serves award-winning coffee on Foley Street.
27A Foley Street, W1W 6DY
The hugely influential Thailand favourite, Greyhound Cafe opened their brand new, 120 cover restaurant.
37 Berners St, London W1T 3NB
Launched mid November, Maslow’s Mortimer House brings great tasting fresh, organic food to Fitzrovia.
37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH
The very successful Spitalfields restaurant has opened their second location in Fitzrovia, bringing excellent wine and pasta with them.
35 Grafton Way, W1T 5EE
Saucy Pasta Bar – closed
This new pasta bar with a twist has officially set up shop on Tottenham Court Road.
52 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 2EH.
Ole & Steen
The exquisite Danish bakery has arrived, serving spectacular cakes and pastries.
1 Bedford Avenue, Tottenham Court Road, WC1B 3AU.
Yo! Sushi has brought its fabulous sushi belts delivering great food to Fitzrovia.
106 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TT.
Meraki arrived on Great Titchfield Street in Fitzrovia, from the family that have brought us Roka and Zuma. It takes its name from a Greek term referring to the love and soul that someone puts into their work, and will be led by Greek chef Dimitrios Siamanis, who has cooked at numerous restaurants in Greece as well as Michelin-starred restaurants across London.
80-82 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7QT
Founded with the aim of making designer eyewear accessible, this French optical wear fashion house has chosen Tottenham Court Road to open its first UK store. All the collections are created by eyewear designer Frederic Beausoleil at his Paris studio. If you’re looking for unique, handmade, designer eyewear, pop in.
18 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BJ
Senor Cerviche – closed
Senor Cerviche are opening their our second Casa on Charlotte Street this May. The diverse flavours and cooking techniques are inspired by their travels across Peru and feature everything from moreish street food snacks to fresh ceviches to fiery Peruvian barbecue plates and healthy super salads. All washed down with Pisco Sours, Mamacitas or an ice cold Cusqueñas.
Sign up for 50% off food >>
18 Charlotte Street
You may know Saucy Chip from your festival days – their signature hand cut, triple cooked chips with 20 different sauces not forgetting scrummy burgers, buttermilk chicken and their Double Whammy with two beef patties. Head to Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen where they are doing a kitchen residency. Check out the menu >>
33 – 34 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JN
These gelato and sorbets are churned everyday in typical Italian fashion under the very watchful eyes of the chefs. The recipes take into account the needed for the gelato to mature, to allow each flavor to develop to its full potential. Amorino use only the freshest free range organic eggs and the highest grade whole milk. Absolutely no colouring agent or artificial flavors – this is one of Amorino’s fundamental principles.
21 Goodge St, W1T 2PJ
The coffee break – fika – is a Swedish institution, which has been brought over to Fitzrovia thanks to Fabrique Bakery. Enjoy delicious coffee from Swedish coffee roasters Johan & Nyströmand, accompanied by a sweet treat such as a cinnamon bun. Studded with sugar crystals and laced with ground cinnamon, crushed cardamom and plenty of butter, these knotted pastries are the kind of thing you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve left the café.
53 Goodge St, W1T 1TG
Both restaurant and bar combined, Lokhandwala serves a variety of Indian small plates using a unique mix of ingredients and spices from around the globe – and all with a healthy twist. The main restaurant lies on the ground floor leading to ‘The Hot House’ cocktail bar at the rear of the building while a speakeasy is located on the first floor with a cosy outside terrace.
93 Charlotte St, W1T 4PY
Currently best known as a MasterChef Professionals Judge, Monica Galetti is opening her own restaurant. She will be working in conjunction with Head Chef Renée Miller to create an incredible seasonal and ingredient-led menu. Her sommelier husband, David Galetti will also be on board, delivering an incredible wine list.
Opens at 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH on March 6, 2017. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
This Indian street food seller has opened its first permanent site in Fitzrovia, Get your hands on a hearty Indian wrap, and if you’re feeling health conscious then there are also salads that will conquer any cravings. Every dish sold in Pilau will be matched with a donation sufficient to feed an entire meal to a child in India, thanks to their partnership with charity Akshyra Patrar.
34 Goodge Street, W1T 2SF
The founder, Yuko Gil originally from Japan and who is married to Peruvian man Coco Gil, brings her love of Peru to London introducing diners to an authentic Peruvian experience. Pisqu offers authentic Peruvian food, wines and cocktails. The flavours will transport you to experience the great variety of influences that make Peruvian food: indigenous food with Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences.
23 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HZ
Shoop Soup Shop
This new cafe located just off Charlotte Street keeps things simple but delicious. And yes, you guessed it, they serve soup! With 10 different flavours on the menu every day, tasty fresh salads, toasted sandwiches and homemade cakes, it’s like your tummy is having a warm wholesome hug.
27 Tottenham Street, W1T 4RW